Steppingstones on the Celtic Way Mark Condy’s Thoughts for further insight for those who are interested.
Possibly use my book as a spiritual reflection tool
or the booklet/workbook I’m presently writing.
For some reading options here is a link of suggestions: PDF: Book Recommendation
*The Condy Family stay to visit family and go to Portugal to visit Lucia, Grace, and Darren his brother who has moved there.
The Agenda is all subject to change dependent on the needs of the group and to consider the pace that we need to take.
“For a successful pilgrimage experience, the outer journey must never be so filled with activity that the inner journey is crowded out.” pg 6 Soulfaring.
“Thus the focus of a pilgrimage is the interior growth resulting from an exterior journey.” pg 9 Soulfaring.
“So it is a search for self and a search for God or the divine. A generous time needs to be allowed at each holy place, this may mean that the pilgrimage visits fewer holy sites, it also means pilgrims will be able to savor the particular spiritual qualities or numen of each place. Such use of time will greatly enhance the overall pilgrimage.” Pg 6 Soulfaring Celtic Pilgrimage Then and Now, by Cintra Pemberton, O.S.H.
A suggestion was given off a Taxi service, this may be a cheaper option for our transportation needs when we are visiting.
Take the train to Waverly Station, bus, or taxi from the airport.
Following is the itinerary is firmed up to include:
- 3 nights in Edinburgh on the Royal Mile to experience its surrounds and be immersed in the culture and get over jet lag
The accommodation has been booked at Edinburgh Castle Hideaway, Lawnmarket, Air BnB on Royal Mile for the nights of June 26, 27, and 28, 2019. It is wonderfully located has 5 bedrooms and 2 baths.
The following are some of the possibilities for the group to decide upon seeing when we are in Edinburgh
The first section was compiled by Mary Ann Crist
SCOTLAND June 25 – July 5
- Fly to Edinburgh arrive 26th Edinburgh
- 27 Edinburgh
- 28 Edinburgh
- 29 Jedburgh
- 30 Jedburgh
- 1 Holy Island
- 2 Holy Island
- 3 St. Andrews
- 4 Edinburgh
- Airport 5 Fly to Dayton
The Pilgrimage Group some have different flying arrangements
- Tuesday, June 25, Flight: Air Canada 1904, Toronto =>Edinburgh 6:55pm – Edinburgh 6:35am
- Wednesday, June 26 (Edinburgh) @
Edinburgh Castle Hideaway (Check-in 4pm. Msg host for early check-in)
Lawnmarket, Royal Mile
505 Lawnmarket EH1 2PE
44 7989 406455 (Host: Kelly)
Thursday, June 27 (Edinburgh) Edinburgh Castle Hideaway
Friday, June 28 (Edinburgh) Edinburgh Castle Hideaway
Saturday, June 29 (Jedburgh)
Pick up the rental car by 10am (Hertz – 10 Picardy Place 44 0843 309 3026)
- Drive to Jedburgh
Allerton House (Check in at 4pm)
Oxnam Road TD8 6QQ
44 1835 869633
Sunday, June 30 (Jedburgh) Allerton House
- Monday, July 1 (Holy Island) Drive to Holy Island (Can only cross at low tide—Check tide chart)
The Open Gate (Notify them of arrival time)
Tuesday, July 2 (Holy Island) The Open Gate
Wednesday, July 3 (St. Andrews)
Drive to St. Andrews
The Albany St Andrews (Check in at 2pm)
56 North Street KY16 9AH
44 1334 477737
Drive to Edinburgh
Thursday, July 4 (Edinburgh Airport)
Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport (Check in 3pm)
Almond Avenue, Ingleston, Newbridge EH12 9DN
Friday, July 5 (Fly)
Drop off the rental car by Friday at 9am
Recommended sights in Edinburgh
- Royal Mile: Historic city road lined with museums, pubs, and shops.
- Edinburgh Castle: Hilltop fort and royal residence complete with crown jewels and history. $23
- National Museum of Scotland: Artifacts from prehistoric times to 20th century.
- Gladstones Land: Seventeenth-century merchant’s residence. $10
- St. Giles Cathedral: Preaching home of John Knox with Neo-Gothic chapel/spectacular organ.
- Scottish Parliament Building: Striking headquarters for parliament since 1999.
- Palace of Holyroodhouse: Queen’s splendid home with lavish rooms, 12th-century abbey. $15
- Scottish National Gallery: European Masters and Scotland’s finest artists.
- Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Beautifully displayed Who’s Who of Scottish history.
- Georgian House: Intimate peek at upper-crust life in the late 1700’s. $10
- Royal Yacht Britannia: Ship for the Royal family with a history of famous passengers. $20
- Scotch whiskey Experience: Gimmicky but fun and educational. $18-$32
- The Real Mary King’s Close: Underground street and houses last occupied in 1600’s. $20
- Museum of Childhood: Five stories of historic fun.
- People’s Story Museum: Everyday life from the 18th to 20th century.
- Museum of Scotland: Historic mementos.
- Rosslyn Chapel: Small 15th century church full of carvings. $12
Transportation and tour options
- Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours of City: $18-$28
- Royal Edinburgh Ticket: 2 days of unlimited bus travel, admission to Castle, Britannia and Holyroodhouse $65 (www.royaledinburghticket.co.uk)
- Day Trips from Edinburgh: Highlands Tours: 8am – 8:30pm: $65
- Stirling: One-hour train trip from Edinburgh. Castle $20. Stirling Bagpipes: Shop that makes and refurbishes bagpipes.
Things to do in Edinburgh continuation by Mark
Free to explore as the individual or as the group feels led and desire?
- St, Cuthbert Kirk?
- St, Cuthbert Kirk: St. Cuthbert.
- St, Cuthbert Kirk: Exploring the Psalms.
- APP for the phone: Pilgrim for and hour Edinburgh?
- Labyrinth Walk?
- Royal Mile shops?
- St, Giles Cathedral?
- Princess Street Gardens?
- Botanical Garden?
- Mary King’s Close is a historic close located under buildings on the Royal Mile?
- Greyfriars Bobby?
- Arthur’s Seat?
- Royal Mile closes?
- Camera Obscura?
- Dynamic Earth?
- Art Museum: Scottish National Gallery?
- Edinburgh Castle?
- The Elephant House? -J.K.Rowling wrote Harry Potter
- Holyrood Palace?
- Celtic Craft Centre?
- Take a coach tour?
- Paid tours?
- Bus City Site Seeing?
- Rosslyn Chapel?
An App that looks interesting to possibly use
Description of App
The city center of Edinburgh, Scotland is a bustling place, bursting with energy and activity. It is good to be able to join in, but the walk set out in this App offers an opportunity to explore the heart of Scotland’s capital in a more contemplative manner. It gives you the chance to reflect on the people and places which have helped shape the life of this great city.
The walk contains 15 points of interest and the App offers thoughtful reflections at each stage along with a progress indicator.
The Tour is available in English and Scottish Gaelic.
Leaving the Edinburgh area and entering into the Borders.
This reminds me of my first church in my home town in Hawick. This began the fascination with St Cuthbert. It look to have the same blueprint as the church I attended.
Following is the church I attended:
- 2 days in the Borders area in southeast Scotland which includes several interesting sites in preparation for the retreat on Holy Island
Allerton House in Jedburgh for the nights of June 29 and June 30 2019. It was through booking.com
You can view it at this link:
Here is their website: https://allertonhouse.co.uk/
Things to do in Jedburgh and beyond:
29th June 2019 Go to Scott’s View and Wallace Statue and have lunch at Milestone near St. Boswells. My parents meet us there for lunch, with Susan and the boys or join us as we see those sites mentioned.
30th Junes 2019. Choose out of the following options:
- Go to Tourist Information
- Jedburgh Abbey
- Old Tree The Capon Tree According to the sign: The Capon Oak Tree is one of the last surviving trees of the ancient Jedforest, close to Jedwater.
- Jedburgh Castle Jail
- Mary Queen of Scots House
- Carter Bar: The Border Stone see the view and take pictures as a group of the view
- Max Nowell Sculpture – Geology
- Overview of things in borders
- Things to do in Melrose
- Old Melrose and Tea Room Second Hand Bookstore
- Old Melrose history – Old Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association
- Scott’s View
- Dryburgh Abby
- Waterloo Monument
- Fatlips Castle (key from Denholme petrol station)
- Restaurants Suggestions by Trip Advisor
Visit Scott’s View and William Wallace Statue, Bemersyde.
Old Melrose St. Cuthbert Chapel “The place where St Cuthbert started as a monk around 630AD.”
Old Melrose Interpretation Center: http://www.saintsandstones.net/saints-oldmelrose-2013b.htm
If you want to achieve something that is on many people’s bucket list, and follow in the footsteps of people who have taken this route for centuries, you will not be disappointed. A couple of key points though…follow the route marked by poles from the first lay bye on the causeway from the mainland side. Allow at least 70 to 90 mins unless you are an experienced walker. Also best to walk in bare feet across the sands. It can be slippy in places so walking sticks would help (but we managed without, although only just avoiding a couple of falls!). Always be aware of the safe tide crossing (the tidal times can vary, and refer to the causeway, not the pilgrims way, which can be 45 mins less than the causeway times). However, using common sense you can cross safely and enjoy the experience. We walked back on the road to make it a little easier and quicker, and allowing for more time using the causeway. Enjoy!
The thought presently is to walk a small section of the St. Cuthbert Way to allow us to have experienced the route Cuthbert could have possibly taken. http://www.stcuthbertsway.info/?product=scw-short-walks
Jedburgh to Holy Island
Things to see and do on Lindisfarne (Holy Island):
- Holy Island
- The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
- Lindisfarne Priory
- Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve
- Lindisfarne Heritage Centre
- Lindisfarne Castle
- Celtic Crafts small shop
- Lindisfarne Mead
- Local pubs
- Lindisfarne Scriptorium
- General walking around the island
- Bamburgh up the road from Holy Island
- Bamburgh Castle
Open Gate on Holy Island for 2 nights, July 1 and 2. This has been booked:
Tjitske Bongers kindly gave me permission to use the above photographs that she took and some PDF’s
After our time on Holy Island onto St. Andrew’s
Albany Townhouse Hotel https://www.albanyhotelstandrews.co.uk/
Hotel at the Airport befor departing to return to the United States
Additional Information for future Pilgrimages tools to aid the next step:
- Passport has it been acquired?
- Cell Phone, talk to your phone provider what options there are for travel abroad.
- Money: Pre-paid debit card or order travelers check or currency.
- VISA/Mastercard AAA has a card with no charges for exchange rate conversion.
- Medical Insurance. (Contact your present provider and learn foreign coverage)
- Travel Insurance.
- Car Rental options.
- Gas for vehicle: remember this cost.
- Ground travel: Train, Bus, Taxi (Look at Public transport options).
- Packing lightly.
At beginning walk and before departing to return to the US, we walk the Labyrinth, this would bookend the journey with the conclusion of walking the Labyrinth. To compare our heart after the experience of the Pilgrimage.
The first morning for our spiritual activity will be to go walk a Labyrinth. Each other morning session will be a reflective exercise or artistic activity. Each person on the group is asked to participate by contributing by leading a session for the group. They may abstain from doing so, it is a challenge by choice. The participation would, however, give to the whole from the varying backgrounds and perspective of the group. We would bookend the Pilgrimage, and conclude our time together with a Labyrinth if time permits, and if I can locate a different location Labyrinth. Labyrinth Meditation
vol1-3 Peregrinations a PDF – THE LABYRINTHINE PATH OF PILGRIMAGE
By Tessa Morrison
Car Rental https://www.travelinescotland.com/
If the Pilgrimage was in August the Tattoo could be an option
Accommodation options in the Hawick
As a Pilgrimage group, we have chosen to stay in Jedburgh and not Hawick.
http://www.waymarkministries.com/bookings.html Cost outlined by David Cole